Sometimes we forget, but our ancestors survived every single day, without the modern luxuries we’ve grown so accustomed to.
I believe it’s wise to learn from them, and to utilize some of their tips and tricks so we can become less dependent on the system, and more reliant on ourselves. Even if only a little.
Forget big pharma – take a lesson from frontier folk! One particular herb was very popular and valuable to pioneers in the 1800s, as well as Native American tribes.
So what was it?
Keep reading, and you might be inspired to grow your own!
Feverfew (tanacetum parthenium) is a perennial flowering herb that is sometimes called “bachelor’s buttons.” In certain areas, it can grow 24 inches tall and equally as wide.
Feverfew can cause allergic reactions, so it is best to try a small amount first. It is related to chrysanthanims, so if you are allergic to those, steer clear!
How Did Our Ancestors Use It?
The name, obviously, implies that it can reduce fevers, and that is perhaps what it is best known for. However, it can be used for much more.
Feverfew is a terrific way to stop migraine headaches (when consumed at the onset) as well as other types of headaches and muscle tension. It is also a general pain reliever.
It is a natural anti-inflammatory herb, which makes it perfect for healing and reducing the pain of twisted ankles, arthritis and even menstrual cramps. In the case of arthritis and cramps, one needs to consume it on a regular basis. Feverfew will calm most muscle spasms.
How To Use It
Don’t put fresh leaves or flowers in your mouth. You can certainly buy feverfew capsules, but why not grow your own?
Feverfew leaves and flowers can be washed and then used in either a tea or a tincture form. Many people find that two or three cups of tea each day works best to stop pain, inflammation and persistent headaches.
Don’t cover the seeds completely with soil, as they must have sunlight to sprout; sprinkle lightly with water each day until they sprout. You can thin them to 15 inches apart when they are about five inches tall.
They do need sunlight, so try to find a spot where they get a minimum of six hours each day. Harvest and dry the flowers and leaves as they grow. It will reseed itself if you allow a few plants to go to seed. Any remaining plants should be cut to the ground with the first frost.
You can learn more about feverfew at Off the Grid News.
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